When it comes to anxiety, the best way to tackle it is to do something active while you are feeling anxious to counteract the anxiety. It might seem counter-intuitive, but sitting around and thinking about your anxiety actually makes it works. You must do something! (Unless of course you are having a full blown panic attack then you need to call a family member, friend, or 9-11 for help. This cooking therapy plan is for mild anxiety moments where you are beginning to feel overwhelmed or significantly worried.)
I want you to get out 4 onions. Any size or kind. It doesn’t matter. Also, get out a knife and cutting board.
Here’s what I want you to do
I want you to chop those onions. Just chop ‘em up. I don’t care if they are in a perfect dice or not. I just want you to chop. Slice slowly and deliberately. This isn’t a race. This is a moment where I want you to think about what you are doing (chopping onions) and not think about your anxiety.
While you are chopping I want you to do the following steps:
Take a deep breath. Chop.
Accept that you’re feeling anxious and that this is a feeling that will pass. Breathe and chop.
Think about your thoughts and ask yourself why I am feeling anxious, what started this feeling. Chop.
Think calming thoughts and visualize a calming stop where you can be. Chop.
Focus on right now, what you are doing right now. Think about nothing but chopping onions. Chop.
Tell yourself that this moment will pass. Tell yourself this over and over until you have begun to believe it. Chop.